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Collaborate, innovate and succeed.

Collaboration and innovation are the dual roads that lead to success in the marketplace. Recognizing the power of partnering with like minded companies and individuals, Washington has launched Innovation Partnership Zones (IPZ) around the state.


Businesses wanting to do business here have the option of locating in one of these zones, which offers a unique environment that brings research, workforce training and private sector businesses together in close geographical proximity to create new companies, products and jobs.


IPZs are set up by cluster, including aerospace, clean energy, medical devices, interactive media, water management and even wine and hospitality. Each IPZ is sited to take advantage of the region's pool of talent, resources and entrepreneurism.


For businesses, IPZs can be a smart business move. Each IPZ offers university researchers who work closely with their private sector partners to develop prototypes, incubate start-ups, develop critical training programs and pool best practices in order to blaze new trails in innovation.


If your business is interested in being involved in one of the 16 Innovation Partnership Zones around the state, contact one of our Business Development team members to discuss IPZs and how your business can be located in one. Got a general question about IPZs in Washington State? Call (206) 256-6100 or email for information.


2015 IPZ Designation and Re-Designation Information

IPZ Legislative Reports

  • 2014 Report (pdf format)

  • 2012 Report (pdf format)

  • 2010 Report (pdf format)


  • IPZs and Business Plans


    To view IPZ business plans (they will open as PDF files), click on the IPZ location (bold blue text) below.


  • Auburn - Urban Center for Innovative Partnerships, (2011~City of Auburn). More information: Doug Lein (253) 804-3101

  • Bellingham - Waterfront Innovation Zone, (2007~Port of Bellingham). More information: Dodd Snodgrass (360) 676-2500

  • Bothell - Bothell Biomedical Manufacturing IPZ, (2007~City of Bothell). More information: Terrie Battuello (425) 489-3387

  • Clallam County - North Olympic Peninsula IPZ, (2007~Clallam Economic Development Council)More information: Linda Rotmark (360) 457-7793

  • Grays Harbor - Grays Harbor IPZ, (2007~Port of Grays Harbor). More information: Mary Nelson (360) 533-9504

  • King County - King County Financial Services Collaborative, (2011~King County and enterpriseSeattle).  More information: Ray Moser (206) 263-9765

  • Pullman - Pullman IPZ, (2007~Port of Whitman County). More information: Joe Poire (509) 552-5116

  • Redmond - Interactive Media and Digital Arts IPZ, (2011~City of Redmond and enterpriseSeattle). More information: John Marchione (425) 556-2101 

  • Skagit Valley - Value-Added Agriculture, (2013~Economic Development Association of Skagit County). More information: Don Wick (360) 336-6114

  • Snohomish - Aerospace Convergence Zone, (2007~Workforce Development Council Snohomish County). More information: Mary Jane Brell Vujovic (425) 921-3405

  • Spokane - Spokane University District IPZ, (2007~Greater Spokane Incorporated). More information: Robin Toth (509) 321-3636

  • Tacoma - Urban Clean Water Technology Zone, (2011~City of Tacoma)More information: Martha Anderson (253) 591-5207

  • Tri Cities - Tri Cities Research District, (2007~Port of Benton)More information: Diahann Howard (509) 375-3060

  • Vancouver Camas- Applied Digital Technology Accelerator, (2013~City of Vancouver). More information: Sandra Towne (360) 487-7947 or Chad Eiken (360) 487-7882

  • Walla Walla - Walla Walla Valley IPZ, (2007~City of Walla Walla). More information: Tim McCarty (509) 527-4540

  • Willapa Harbor - Resource Utilization and Renewal, (2013-Port of Willapa Harbor). More Information: Rebecca Chaffee (360) 942-3422